Health care providers in several North Carolina counties, including a handful on the coast, affected by Hurricane Florence have been awarded grants from the state Department of Health and Human Services Office of Rural Health to be used for disaster preparedness, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.
Sites in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Wayne and Wilson received the funding. In addition, these sites reported service to Moore, New Hanover, Richmond, Sampson and Scotland counties, for funding reach in 23 of the 34 FEMA-identified counties.
Funded through a $1 million grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the 23 grants awarded to sites in the 18 counties provide up to $50,000 for infrastructure-related capital needs, emergency supplies and equipment to sustain services during emergencies and natural disasters as well as generators, shelter supplies, storage containers, building repairs, refrigerators, freezers, portable coolers and cots.
“Health providers at all levels are working to ensure they are ready for disasters, and this money strengthens the safety net in counties across the state as they prepare for the next storm,” said Cooper in a statement.
The grants will support safety net health care providers, including rural health centers and nonprofit rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, health departments and small rural hospitals, with service sites impacted by the storm.
Office of Rural Health supports safety net health care providers in rural and underserved areas of North Carolina, who offer access to care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. The populations they serve include a substantial share of uninsured, Medicaid and other vulnerable patients.
The following providers received the disaster preparedness funding:
- Agape Health Services, Washington
- Angier Medical Services
- Benson Area Medical Center
- Black River Family Practice
- Bladen County Hospital
- Carteret County Health Department
- Columbus County Health Department
- CommWell Health – Angelic House
- Duplin County Health Department
- Goshen Medical Center, Inc, Cape Fear
- Goshen Medical Center, Inc, Dunn
- Goshen Medical Center, Inc, New River
- Goshen Medical Center, Inc, Raeford
- Goshen Medical Center, Inc, Southport
- Goshen Medical Center, Inc, Whiteville
- Hoke Hospital
- Hyde County Health Department
- Jones County Health Department
- Lee County Health Department
- Pender County Health Department
- Robeson County Health Department
- Wayne County Health Department
- Wilson Community Health Center